Too big. Too fat.
All his life Eric Sontag has judged himself on his size, believing love and friendship aren't in the cards for someone like him. Tired of being alone and scared of his doctor’s warnings, he enrolls in a nutrition support group, determined to change his life. When a beautiful thin man sits next to him, he can’t believe they have anything in common, but conversation between the two soon proves first impressions aren’t always what they seem.
Corey DeSantis has always been the scrawny waif; he’s tired of struggling with his art and with life. Scarred by the disappearance and death of his drug-addicted mother, he doesn’t wish for love, believing it will bring him nothing but pain in the end. Now his only hunger in life is his desire to paint…until a health scare and his mentor force him to attend a nutrition class where he meets a man who piques his interest. One drunken kiss later, Eric is all Corey can think about.
The same, yet different.
An unlikely friendship is born with both men wanting more but afraid to listen to their well-guarded hearts. When Corey receives shocking news leaving him angry and helpless, it’s Eric he leans on, to help see him through, while a surprising career opportunity finds Eric leaning on Corey for advice. One night of explosive passion leads to a second and soon neither man can imagine a life without the other. Life is shaped by the challenges accepted and roads not taken but as Corey and Eric walk the path together, they’ll discover the most beautiful destination of all. Love.
The Shape of You by Felice Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Eric might look at him and see beauty, but Corey knew the ugliness he carried onside”
Now I know why Hope Vincent bragging about loving Corey the most.
But Eric is 'me'. I can relate to his issues. It’s not easy struggling all your life with that kind of issue. Sometimes, it cost people a depression. And depression is never pretty.
“I was with you. Because I wanted to be.”
“But why? I’m plain and fat, and you’re so_”
“Cold, I’m always cold. And being with you makes me feel safe and happy. And warm.”
Corey on the other side, I think he needed Eric more that he can explain.
Both were lonely, I can feel the loneliness of Eric and Corey. Eric with his lacking of self confident and his eating habit, and Corey with the same issue but in an opposite way.
Eric and Corey were made for each other, to complete each other, to help each other with their issues, it’s always easier when you ‘re not going to do it alone.
I loved the dynamic between Corey and Eric, how they’re become their own psychiatrist to each other.
Well, like Corey said, who need a psychiatrist when you have Eric?
Felice wrote a fast pace but with deep meaning about our daily struggle. This is our every day life put in a romance book.
Another favorite and rereading material.
* I voluntarily read the ARC for Lelyana's Book Blog.
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